Spruce Pine NC 28777
Become a Hospice Volunteer...
Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge was founded on the idea of helping those in need. Our Organization's mission is to serve those within our community. Without the help of volunteers this would not be possible.
Why does hospice use volunteers? The idea of hospice care was born in England and was introduced to the United States in the early 1970's. Volunteers originally provided all aspects of hospice care. In 1982 the federal government chose to include hospice in the Medicare benefit. However the members of congress did not want hospice to lose the volunteer component so the regulations that govern hospice care include the requirement that hospices provide a minimum 5% match of volunteer time for every hour of paid staff time.
What do volunteers do? Sit with patients, cook meals, help with housework, bake cookies, do minor repairs , provide assistance in the business office and many more duties that are tailored to the needs of our patients.
The Volunteer Coordinator is very creative and will find the job and the client that is right for you.
Are there requirements one must meet to become a hospice volunteer? Yes. Volunteers who work with patients are required to participate in an initial volunteer training program and annual continuing education. Volunteers are considered to be hospice staff so there are specific screening and health requirements that must be met.
If you are interested in becoming a hospice volunteer. Please fill out the information below and our volunteer coordinator will contact you: